Measuring Up at the Annual Roadcheck

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Fleet managers and drivers have an overload of rules and regulations to follow. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that those mandates aren’t in place to make things difficult. The real purpose is to ensure safety for everyone, drivers as well as those they’re sharing the road with. With more than 3.6 million heavy-duty rigs running across the U.S., making sure everyone is in compliance is a pretty tall order. As a result, the CVSA started Roadcheck out of necessity. It gives everyone a deadline for meeting requirements and helps keep fleets on the road.

The Purpose of Roadcheck

Even though heavy-duty trucks have been around for more than a century, it wasn’t until 1997 that officials put a large-scale big rig inspection into effect. That was when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance implemented Roadcheck. It’s actually an international event, as commercial vehicles from Canada and Mexico are subject to the same safety regulations as ones in the U.S.

For three days each year, inspectors in CVSA districts across all of North America check out drivers and their commercial motor vehicles to certify they pass a North American Standard Level Inspection. Trucks that clear inspection get a decal. It shows that a CVSA-certified inspector evaluated the vehicle and that it passed muster. On the other hand, drivers and vehicles with violations are placed out of service (OOS). When this happens, OOS status isn’t lifted until trucks and drivers are compliant again.

Roadcheck Assesses Drivers and Trucks

The NASL Inspection is thorough. The process contains 37 steps. It gives inspectors a chance to make an in-depth assessment of commercial vehicles operating on North American roads. It’s a yearly physical for trucks. Inspectors look at things like:

  • exhaust and brake systems
  • tires
  • lighting mechanisms
  • coupling devices
  • cargo securement
  • frames
  • suspension
  • van bodies
  • open-top trailer bodies
  • driveline/driveshaft
  • fuel systems
  • tires, wheels, rims, hubs
  • windshield wipers

Plus, buses have additional features subject to inspection. Those include seating and emergency exits as well as electrical systems and components in the battery and engine.

Roadcheck inspectors aren’t concerned only with vehicles, either. Assessment extends to drivers, too. They must have current operating credentials and have to provide their hours of service (HOS) documentation. HOS was, in fact, the focus of the most recent event. Additionally, drivers are checked for seat belt usage and drug or alcohol impairment.

Preparing for Roadcheck

The CVSA Roacheck happens every year, typically during the first full week in June. The 2018 event is over and the 2019 event hasn’t been scheduled yet. The CVSA website is the best place to find upcoming dates and other news. In the meantime, drivers and fleets have almost a year to prepare for the next Roadcheck event. Implementing ELDs is one step that helps with compliance. They automate the logging process for drivers, saving time and reducing the chance for errors.

Fullbay is another useful tool for helping drivers and fleets ace the Roadcheck. Our software keeps track of PMs and DVIRs and makes scheduling repairs and maintenance a breeze. It puts the history of every truck right at your fingertips, so you know what’s been done and when. Fullbay keeps you on top of those issues throughout the year, so they won’t throw a red flag during a Roadcheck. Consequently, you won’t have to deal with OOS downtime and can keep on truckin’.


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